The “Research” section of our personal website covers our published work in academic dance research (ethnography, anthropology and ethnochoreology) and our involvement in local dance practice.
Please see our website at eliznik.org.uk for dance, costume, music and ethnography.
You can find on us Academic.edu – Liz Mellish and Nick Green – where many papers are available, just follow the link to Academia.edu below the abstract.
Our ongoing research projects include:
- Festivals and contemporary festivities in Banat
- Romanian dancers and dance ensembles – lives and histories
- The history and connections of Balkan dancing in the UK
We are active members of two ICTM study groups
The căluș ritual of southern Romania (also found in certain villages in northern Bulgaria) takes place every year at the time of Rusalii (Pentecost, 50 days after Orthodox Easter). The căluș has drawn the attention of many researchers, from a range of backgrounds and disciplines including folklorists, religious historians (spiritual …read more
Head of dance research at the Institute of Folklore (Bucharest). Vera Proca-Ciortea (1915-2002) from Sibiu studied at the National Academy of Physical Education in Bucharest (1932-1936), then further in Berlin (1937-1938) and again in Germany (1962-1981). She was a lecturer at the Institute of Physical Education, a university professor at …read more
Dance researcher at the Institute of Folklore (Bucharest). Emanuela Bălăci (born 1930) studied at School of Choreography in Sibiu, and was a teacher at the School of Art in Sibiu (1952-1953), and then a folklorist-choreographer at Institute of Folklore (Bucharest) from 1953-1972, leaving to live in Germany from 1973. Her …read more
Dance researcher at the Institute of Folklore (Bucharest). Constantin Costea (1931–2002) from Bucharest was a dancer, choreographer and researcher. Between 1948 and 1959 he was a dancer, soloist and assistant ballet master at the C.F.R.Giulești Ensemble and a ballet master (folklorist choreographer) at the Institute of Folklore Bucharest from 1952. …read more
Dance researcher at the Institute of Folklore (Bucharest). Andrei Bucșan (1921–1995) from Bucharest graduated from university in literature and philosophy. He initially worked in industry until 1951 when he became a researcher at the Institute of History in Bucharest (1951-1954), then at the Institute of Ethnography and Folklore (IEF) (1954-1974). …read more
The “Balkan dance” scene emerged as a sub-scene of the recreational “international folk dance” scene in the post second world war period in the US, UK, Netherlands and other western European countries, as well as in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. However the history of interest in dances …read more
Béla Bartók collected numerous traditional melodies in villages throughout the old “Hungary” in his pursuit of the old layer of Hungarian song. In the years before WW1 he made visits to many Romanian villages in Transylvania and Banat with the purpose of collecting material as he found that in the …read more
The Hungarian Institute for Musicology in Budapest has a large collection of research films dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. Unlike most “state folklore research institutes” this institute can be visited in Budapest, the collection index is searchable online, and a sizable collection of films are digitised and some …read more
GT Niculescu-Varone – part 1: collector of dance words GT Niculescu-Varone – part 3: locations It is clear that Niculescu-Varone was primarily interested in strigături (rhythmic shouts) that accompany dancing, although he sometimes adds a paragraph describing the context and action at the dance event. His commentary on the dances …read more
GT Niculescu-Varone – part 1: collector of dance words GT Niculescu-Varone – part 2: table of dances names This map shows all locations where his publications include a reference to a dance name. We can guess the locations that he visited and made detailed research, versus locations that he only …read more